Mercy Health institutes prescription drop boxes to combat abuse and environmental contamination

To provide the community with more resources to dispose of old, unused medication, Mercy Health is pleased to announce the installation of medication drop boxes onsite at eight of its locations across Northwest Ohio to serve the community and help combat the prescription abuse epidemic.

The boxes are for unused and unwanted prescription pharmaceuticals and are located at these Mercy Health facilities at these times:

  • Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center - 2213 Cherry St., Toledo (near registration)
    • Available daily 24 hours/7 days 

  • Mercy College – 2200 Jefferson Ave., Toledo (main lobby)
    • Available daily from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Mercy Health – St. Anne Hospital - 3404 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo (main lobby)
    • Available daily 6 a.m.-9 p.m.  

  • Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital - 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon (main lobby)
    • Available daily 6 a.m.-9 p.m. 

  • Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital - 45 St. Lawrence Dr., Tiffin (main lobby)
    • Available daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 

  • Mercy Health – Willard Hospital - 1100 Neal Zick Rd., Willard (main lobby) 
    • Available daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m.  

  • Mercy Health – Defiance Clinic - 1404 E. 2nd St., Defiance (west entrance near out-patient pharmacy)
    • Available Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 7 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Mercy Health – Franklin Avenue Medical Center - 2213 Franklin Ave., Toledo (main lobby)
    • Available 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

By offering prescription drop boxes, unwanted medication can be disposed of properly to prevent illegal use or contamination to the environment. Any solid pharmaceuticals may be dropped off (e.g. pills, patches, capsules, pet medication). Aerosol cans, inhalers, syringes, ointments and liquids will not be accepted.

Anyone in the public can access the drop boxes anonymously. The boxes are monitored to prevent suspicious activity

“The safety and well-being of our community is our utmost priority. Across Mercy Health we’re focused on addressing opioid abuse and partnering with others to offer resources and services to help those overcome their addictions,” said Peter D’Amore, chief of police, Mercy Health.

Mercy Health partnered with other resources in the community to establish the boxes and will continue to work with the Toledo Police Department, Lucas County, Tiffin and Willard local police departments to monitor the public use of these drop boxes.

 “Last year when we worked with Lucas County Sheriff’s Department to embed a Mercy Health police officer into the DART Program, we simultaneously starting looking at access to prescription drop off locations and where we could put those secured boxes within our facilities. We’re happy to be able to provide these boxes as another avenue for the community to safely discard medications so they can be disposed of properly and not easily available to those suffering with addiction.”